“Nashville” often comes to mind when the term “country music” is uttered. Even if you aren’t a fan of the genre, it can’t be denied country music and its artists collectively have had a profound influence on America’s overall cultural heritage as well as other artists in the pop, rock and soul genres. The Omni Hotel Nashville personifies that mindset along with the city’s current renaissance, including status as a LEED Silver Certified property.
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Tennessee is most defined by Nashville and Memphis, both abounding with rich musical legacies and museums dedicated to American history, science and the arts. The cities also offer lush green spaces and limitless outdoor activities as well as an eclectic assortment of restaurants featuring everything from barbecue and comfort food to contemporary bistro, ethnic and vegan fare. While Jackson and other nearby towns dotting I-40 (a.k.a. The Music Highway) between the bigger cities may be less familiar, many quirky gems hidden in plain sight collectively define what makes up a great American road trip.
When an artist is inspired by a destination, it can be as obvious as Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Californication,” or as subtle as Leonard Cohen’s “Chelsea Hotel.” The fun part, beyond just listening to the music, is connecting to the lyrics in a way that moves you — even if that means across the country or across the pond.